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Watch how to create the Lasso Bracelet by Fusion Beads

Watch how to create the Lasso Bracelet by Fusion Beads


[Cody] Hi. Today I’m gonna show you how
to make our Lasso bracelet. This cute wrapped-cord
bracelet features a button and a charm from the Western
Winds TierraCast collection. So let’s take a look at the products and tools we’ll need to make it. (upbeat music) For this project I will be using the size six silver-plated
metal round seed beads. I have a size six matte opaque variegated turquoise round Japanese seed beads. I have a size three opaque pepper red round Japanese seed beads. Then I’ve got a
19-millimeter antique silver thunderbird charm by TierraCast. I have a 20-millimeter antique silver western button by TierraCast. And then I’ve got a 5.5 silver-plated 20-gauge open jump ring by TierraCast. I have two yards of the 1.5 millimeter natural antique brown round leather cord. And then I have one spool of the One-G. For my tools today, I will be using a size 11 Tulip beading
needle, I have a U-pin, a tape measure, I’ve got my
Xuron thread and fiber scissors, and I’ve got two chainnose pliers. You can find links to all
these beads and supplies in the description below. So let’s get started. Okay, so, to begin your project, you’re gonna want to take the
two yards of your leather cord and you’re gonna want
to thread one end of it onto the shank of the button. And you’re gonna want to bring the button to the center of the two yards. So you’re just gonna bring
your two ends together here. So I slid my button on,
pulling the two ends together, and then I’ll just push that
button there so I’ve got, made sure that it’s in
the center of my cord. And then I’m just gonna
do a simple overhand knot with both ends of the cord
and just try to have it be as close to the end of
the button as possible. So you’re gonna bring your
two ends through there. Bring those down. And then I’m just gonna
kinda move this up there so it’s actually like
right on the button there. All right, and I just
give it a nice, good tug. So there, I’ve just got a
nice, basic overhand knot. So now I’m ready to begin. And what I like to do is, I like to use either a clipboard to
clip in my button here or today I’m just gonna use like a U-pin to pin it down to my bead board here. And the reason you wanna
kinda have it like attached or, you know, adhered to something is, you need a little bit of tension as you’re doing this project,
for the wrapped cord bracelet, and this just really helps you
give a little bit of tension and so that you can work on your bracelet. So I’ve got that, that is all done, and then you’re gonna want to take about eight feet of the One-G
cord, or the One-G thread, and you’re going to want to double it over and just tie an overhand knot at the end so you have a double thread. I am doing a much shorter piece, just for the ease-ability on camera, so you guys can see
closely what I’m doing. So then you’re gonna
want to take your needle, you wanna to go underneath
the left cord there, and then you’re gonna take your needle and you’re gonna go back
through the two cords, in between them, to do a lark’s head knot around the left side of the leather. And you wanna pull it down so that your knot sits right next
to that button there. So I’m just gonna try to
pull that so it sits there. And then that way it secures
it to your project, there, and then you can start your stitch. So I’m just gonna pull
my ends together there. All right, so. All right, so now I’m ready to actually begin stitching my beads. So first, I’m gonna start
off with my pattern. My pattern is five of the
turquoise, two of the silver, three red, two silver,
and then it just repeats. Feel free to vary the
pattern if you would like to, you know, string it up in a different way. That’s cool too and we
always like to see that. But that’s just how I decided
to do my pattern today. So you bring, so you pick up a bead, you leave it on your needle, and you’re gonna bring it up
underneath your cord here, between the two pieces of leather. And so it’s going underneath,
so then you’re just gonna pull your One-G cord through there with your needle on there. And you’re gonna want to make sure everything’s pulled nice and tight. So it’s underneath, and then
you’re gonna come over the top with your needle going over the leather, through the turquoise bead, and
over the left piece of cord. And then you’re just gonna pull it down. And there, you’ve got
your first bead on there. And you can always kinda slide
it up there a little bit, if you need to. And so then I just repeat that
process with the second one. So just pop it up there underneath, hold it in place with your
hand, take your needle, going over the top of the leather cord, going through the turquoise bead and over the top of the other
side of the leather cord and then pull your thread through. Pick up a third turquoise bead. Pop it up in between there. Bring your thread through. Then you bring your needle
over the top of the cords, through the turquoise bead and over the top of the other cord. All right, so we’ve got three, so we just need to add
two more of this color. Again, just popping it up in between the two pieces of leather, pulling your thread through. And if you find that the One-G is getting kinda knotted or anything,
you could also condition it with like a beeswax or a thread
conditioner of some sort. So here I’ve got my bead
popped up, taking my needle, going over the cord,
through the turquoise bead, over the other cord, and
then just pulling it through. All right. And then I’m just gonna keep
proceeding with that pattern. I’ve got one more turquoise bead here. So just popping it through the bottom, pulling your thread
through, going over the top, through the turquoise
bead, and over the top. Whoops. (laughing) Over the top, through the
turquoise bead, over the top again and then just pulling everything through. And you can always kinda
just like stop and look and make sure your beads are sitting where you want them to be
and your tension’s good. And as you can kinda see here, we did a contrasting color for the One-G, so that it kinda looked a
little bit like stitching on the wrapped cord. We just thought that would kind of give it kind of a fun look. So I’ve got my five turquoise beads. So now I’m ready to go to my silver beads. And I’m just gonna do two of these. So we’re gonna pop it up from below, pulling my needle and thread through here, making sure everything’s
pulled down nice and snug. Going over the top of the
leather, through the metal bead, and back over the top of the leather. And then just pulling it through. I’m gonna do one more silver bead. So popping it up from below,
pulling your thread through, going over the top of the
leather with your needle, through the silver bead, over the top of the other
side of the leather, and pulling your thread through. All right, so now I’m
ready for a red bead. So again, popping up through
the bottom, pop it up there. Oops, let’s tighten my silver one there. Pulling your thread through. I’m gonna go over the
top of the leather cord, through the seed bead, and over the top of the other side of the leather cord, and then just pull your thread through. Just make sure you’re pulling
everything nice and tight and that everything’s
sitting nicely there. So I’ve got to do one more red. So pulling that through,
through the bottom there. Gonna come up over the
top, go through the red, over the top of the leather,
and pulling it through. Oops, gotta keep those sides there. And just make sure you’re gonna, pulling everything nice and tight. So I’m gonna pick up another red one. Popping it up through the bottom, pulling your thread
through, nice and tight, make sure everything’s
pretty good tension, coming over the top with the needle, through the red bead,
and over the top again. And then pulling it through. All right, and now I’m
ready to do the silver bead. So back to the silver, so
I’m gonna do two of those. Over the top, go through the silver bead, and then over the top again. Keeping everything nice and tight. Pick up a second silver bead, popping it up through the bottom, and pulling your thread through. Go over the top of the leather
cord, through the silver bead and over the top of the leather cord and then pulling it through. All right, so this is
pretty much our pattern. So now I’m just to the point where I’m going to pick up a turquoise bead, because I’m just gonna start this repeat. So I’m gonna grab a turquoise. Popping it up through the
bottom, pulling my cord through, going over the top of the leather cord, through the turquoise
bead, and over the top of the second side of the leather cord there. And then I’m just gonna
pull my thread through. See? All right, there, I’ve
kinda seen my pattern there. And you can kinda tell, too, that we have a little bit different sizes of beads, so it gives a little bit of variation because it starts out small,
goes a little smaller, and then goes bigger, smaller, and then it’ll go a
little bit smaller here. So it should give a really cute look once we get it all stitched up. So I’m going to continue
to repeat this pattern for the full length of the bracelet. Because I do want it to be three wraps. And then I will show you how to go ahead and finish the ends. So I’m just gonna keep
stitching, just adding beads, going, pulling them up through the bottom, going over the top with the
needle, through the bead, and over the top of the other
cord and pulling it through. Just continue this pattern of
five turquoise, two silver, three red, two silver, and
then it’s just a repeat. So I’m going to go ahead and finish stitching up this three-wrap bracelet and then I’ll be back to
show you how to end it. Okay, as you can see, I went ahead and I finished adding
the beads to my bracelet. So right now, before I add my knots and the loop for the
button, for the closure, it sits at about 23 inches. So if you want your
bracelet to be shorter, you’ll want to add a few less beads and if you wanted it to be longer, you’ll want to add a few more. Because after we add our
knots, and then the loop, it’s probably gonna add about a half, two, three quarters of
an inch, approximately. All right, so to do my knots here, I’m going to take the two
end cords here that I have and I’m going to take the left cord and I’m going to create a loop so that it just kinda loops behind there. So I’m creating the loop. I’m gonna hold that with my finger. Then I’m going to take my right cord and I’m gonna go through that
loop with that right cord. Then you bring your right
cord behind your left cord and you go through that
loop that you created. And then you’re gonna pull that knot tight up against your bead work. And this is called a snake
knot that we’re doing today. So there, I’m just gonna kinda massage it until it gets to the
top of your bead work. You don’t wanna like
cinch it down really tight because this is just the
beginning of the knot. So, you’ve got that first
part of you snake knot. Now you’re going to flip it over. You’re, again, you’re gonna bring your right cord behind your left cord. And then you’re gonna,
this little loop here, you’re gonna wanna loosen that so that you can slide the
right cord through it. So make sure your right cord
is behind your left cord and you wanna go through that loop there that you just loosened a little bit. And then you’re gonna bring
it down and tighten your knot. So see, now you’ve got like
two little ridges there and like one little ridge? We’re still just starting it here. So we’re just gonna flip it over again and do the same thing. Bring your right cord
behind your left cord and you’re going to loosen this last loop or the last knot that you
made, bring your right cord, and you’re gonna go through that knot. And then you’re gonna pull
it down and tighten it up. It’s okay to like give it a, you know, tighten it up a little bit. You just don’t wanna really cinch it down, seeing as how you’re gonna
be still adding to it. So again, same fashion, just flip it over, bring your right cord
behind your left cord, and you’re gonna loosen
that last snake knot and you’re gonna put your
right cord through it. And then tighten it down. And it just kind makes a really kinda fun little braided knot there. We thought it was like a really cute look. So keep going. I’m gonna do a couple more. So gonna flip it over,
bring your right cord behind your left cord again, you’re gonna loosen that
last snake knot a little bit. And you kinda do wanna take care because the leather, if
you really pick at it, it could mar a little bit. So just be kinda gentle when you’re trying to open your knots. So with your right cord
behind your left cord, you’re gonna go back through that loop, that knot that you’ve
just loosened a little, and you’re gonna pull it down. And I’m just gonna do probably two more. So flipping it over again. Just always make sure
you flip and then add, add the knot to the loop. Gonna loosen that loop, the last knot. Bringing your right cord
behind your left cord, you’re gonna go through that loop and then you’re gonna tighten it down. So see, you can kinda see we’ve got this really cute little
pattern going there. So I’m just gonna do, I think one more, and then I should be good. So I wanna flip it over again. Again, bringing my right
cord behind my left cord. I’m gonna loosen that last snake knot. You’re gonna go through that loop that you’ve just loosened there, that last knot, with your right cord. And pull it down. All right, so I feel like
I’ve got a few knots there and I think that’s nice,
nice little look there. So see, now it’s nice and secure and so now I’m at the point
where I’m just gonna make the slit for my button. So I’m gonna hold my two
pieces of leather together. I’m gonna take my button. And I’m gonna, I’m gonna
kinda do it the sideways here. So I’m just gonna make sure that it will, the button will fit through there. So holding that spot with my fingers, that measure for the
button, I’m gonna hold that and then I’m just gonna tie an overhand knot here at the end. Cinch that up. And sometimes before I cinch it up, I go ahead and I just
check my button again, just to make sure it fits through there, and then give it a nice,
good tightening up there. Because you don’t wanna get it super tight and then realize it’s, your
button’s not gonna quite fit and sometimes it’s hard
to like loosen the leather after you’ve really cinched it down. So now that is done. I’m just gonna take my Xuron
thread and fiber scissors and I’m just gonna cut my ends at a angle. You can come straight across if you like, I just always like mine at an angle because I think it’s kinda cute. And now I’ve got my bracelet
pretty much finished. So now I just wanna add my
little thunderbird charm. So he’s just this cute little guy. So I’m gonna add him with a jump ring and I’m just gonna put him through this last piece of cord here, right next to the turquoise button and between the first snake knot. So taking your chain nose pliers, you’re gonna wanna open your jump ring by pulling one side towards
you and one side away from you. You’re gonna wanna slip it through the loop on the thunderbird charm. And then, of course, before you close it, you’re gonna wanna put it
through the leather here. So I’m just going through the cord there, on the bottom there,
and that turquoise bead, with the jump ring, and then
I’m gonna close the jump ring. And there, and now I’ve just got this cute little embellishment
there at the end. So this is a three-wrap bracelet here. So you’ll be able to go around
your wrists three times. So I’m just gonna close it here so you can kinda see the
final, finished product. And I think this bracelet
turned out really cute. It’s kind of fun. And you could really do it
in a lot of different colors, too, if you wanted to have
it maybe not be as western-y, you could do some different colors there. So now you’ve got that
really cute little button, you’ve got your little thunderbird charm, you’ve got your little
snake knots with the beads. I just, I think it’s super cute. So you can find all the products and tools for this inspiration
design at FusionBeads.com. (upbeat music)

4 thoughts on “Watch how to create the Lasso Bracelet by Fusion Beads”

  1. Thanks Cody. Very nice. Like a looming type stitch but using leather cords for warp. Especially like the snake knot at end giving it a good completed look.

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